WISCA School for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA) at the W. Bruce Thomas Education Center in Sharpsburg and at the Education Center South campus in Bridgeville is a special education school program designed to meet the individual needs of children and adolescents with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder who require therapeutic intervention and supports that cannot be delivered in a traditional classroom setting.

Watson is committed to providing a safe, comfortable, flexible, and supportive environment so that each student can experience success in learning.

WISCA Special Education School Program for Children with Autism

  • Online curriculum and in-class instruction tailored to meet the needs of each student with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Therapeutic support and instruction to help students achieve goals outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • Student enrollment in classes is based on their grade level, cognitive level, and graduation requirements per their home school district. Electives are based on students’ interests.
  • Outpatient behavioral health services are offered as part of WISCA’s  comprehensive supports to students; these services are not required and are not reserved strictly for students at the Watson Institute.

Special Education Transition to Adulthood

Students in the WISCA program are provided with life skills supports and development to help prepare them for graduation and their special education transition into adulthood. Community Based Instruction services provide pre-vocational experiences in practical settings such as local community businesses and organizations. This program helps students with special needs work on functional and social skills development to prepare for their next step into adulthood.

Special Education Career Opportunities

Are you interested in a special education career at the Watson Institute? Check out our current openings and apply today!



Additional Resources:


WISCA Sharpsburg 2019-2020 School Calendar

WISCA South 2019-2020 School Calendar

WISCA South 2020-2021 School Calendar

WISCA Sharpsburg 2020-2021 Calendar

For more information or to refer a student to WISCA call 412-781-1708.